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Apple Watch is about to become more useful, less annoying in the cinema

Apple has just launched the watchOS 3.2 beta for its Watch, and it’s bringing two notable features with it.

First is Theater Mode, which will mute the sound of the Apple Watch and disable the raise-to-wake function, making it less of a distraction when you’re catching a film (also good if you sleep with the Watch on). You will, however, still get haptic vibrations to alert you of notifications when it’s in film-friendly mode.

The second addition is SiriKit, which is already available on iOS and lets developers build Siri support into their apps, much like Google has done with Assistant. This means you’ll be able to use Siri to do things like book Ubers, send WhatsApp messages and search for photos without having to pick up your phone.

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Baking Siri into the Watch is a pretty big deal, and could pave the way for a much richer experience. 2017 is going to be the year of smart assistants, and with Alexa making her way into wearables, Apple needs to be keeping pace.

We’ve updated this story to reflect that the beta is now live. If you’re on the developer program you can now go and download it. As for everyone else, you’ll have to wait a little longer before Apple brings the update out of beta and makes it ready for public consumption.

Apple Watch will stop being a pest in the cinema with theater mode


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